Apple Cranberry Sauce 

The traditional cranberry sauce gets a fresh spin with the addition of chopped apples! This cranberry sauce is so sweet, you’d never guess that it is also refined sugar free! Enjoy as a holiday side dish or as fresh, fruity side dish to dinner. 


With Thanksgiving and Christmas quickly approaching, I’m dreaming about all of my favorite traditions and favorite holiday foods. I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but I think the food tastes 150% better. Maybe it’s because the food is the kind that’s made only once a year, or maybe it’s because our favorite dishes are shared with loved ones, whatever the case may be, I’m always a fan of Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes!


I know that the turkey is the big deal and the center of the typical thanksgiving meal,  but I’m all about the sides. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a good turkey, but when there’s stuffing, sweet potato casseroles, and rolls to eat, the turkey loses a bit of its glamour (in my humble opinion.)

One of my favorite side dishes is cranberry sauce.  My love for this dish stated when I was young, but has evolved over the years. I first learned to enjoy cranberry sauce when I tried the canned jelly kind. I don’t even know if this counts as cranberry sauce, but we will go with it. After enjoying that kind for a couple of years, I broadened my horizons by trying the homemade, “chunky,” kind and ever since then, I’ve never gone back.


There is something about the deliciously tart sauce that makes me happy every time I eat it. Since falling in love with the homemade kind, I’ve experimented with different kinds of sauces like: cranberry pear (my favorite!), cranberry orange, and now Cranberry Apple. I mean cranberries and apples are a big deal during the holidays, so why not put them together? Right. Right.

This sauce is easy to make, easy to eat, and super versatile! I like my cranberry sauce to lean more on the tart side of things, so if this is too sour for you, just increase the honey! Also, feel free to experience not by adding a bit of orange zest, chunks of fresh pear, or orange slices.



  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries (approximately 8 ounces) 
  • 1 c. Water 
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and sliced into chunks  
  • 1/3 c. Honey (or more to taste) 
  • Optional add-ins: orange zest, chopped pear, chopped orange slices, dash of cinnamon, or dash of cloves. 


Add all ingredients to sauce pan. Bring to boil. Once at a boil, turn to low and let cool until thickened (approximately 10-15 minutes.) Remove from burner and let cool completely. Serve cold. 

I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did! Have a great Tuesday friends!

Questions of the Day 

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